Posts tagged ‘MamaNaturalista’

CurlyNikki, Tracee Ellis Ross & a ton of Curl girls

I had the privilege of joining what felt like millions of naturals, well known naturalista  CurlyNikki, and actress Tracee Ellis Ross at the Optimum Salon Haircare event last night. Let me just say the event was beautiful. CurlyNikki has done it again; another event with excellent an turn out.

As the space at 404 NYC was adorned with big fros and mini fros, naturals had the chance to mix and mingle with each other and talk hair, alongside their complimentary drinks. We also got the chance to learn more about the Optimum 6 in 1 miracle oil. Yes, a naturalistas dream products and seeing more than one other person in a room full of people with hair like theirs.

Tracee as she welcomed guest waiting on line. Them curls! That Dress!

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Check out CurlyNikki & that curly fro!

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The ladies welcoming us all. Oh and do you see those curls!!

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 Yummy, Refreshments…Cookie pops brilliant idea!

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Who said DJ’s couldn’t look stylish and play dope music. The music was on point!!! She was turning the tables to the beat of every naturals’ song in that place. I was loving every moment of it.

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Tamika of Natural Resources Salon & I. Her braided updo was too on point.

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I just couldn’t resist these curls on my fellow TWA gal

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Curly Nikki and the people behind Hairscapades

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The amazing Antoinette & Shanti of Around the Way Curls

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Curly Nikki, Ericka & I (not the best shot put we were looking fierce)

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The lovely Mamanaturalista & I

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I would like to thank all of the naturals, CurlyNikki, Tracee Ellis Ross, & Optimum Salon Haircare for an amazing night full of fun. Can’t wait to do it again.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

DC Chillin’

Took a week to myself away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. I visited the DMV(DC/Maryland/Virgina) area, where I enjoyed good food, drinks, art, and the company of the great people. Here is a sneek at a bit of my Memorial Day week vacay.

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Sushi & Salad from AP Fusion

Art from the Columbia Arts Center

Rita’s 

I cant forget to have Rita’s, this thing is like my ultimate DMV addiction. The world definitely needs more Rita’s.*Ehhem NYC*

While in the DC I got the chance to meet up with fellow natural hair blogger and beauty MamaNaturalista (Check out her Tressume’ if you haven’t already). She was such a doll, we visited Union Station and chatted a bit (about natural hair of course). She even gave me a mini tour of DC (Lol), even though it was TOTALLY unplanned. It was an experience none the less because I would not have had an opportunity to see DC as much as I did with the addition of a small section of Maryland. Thanks MamaNaturalista, you were and amazing host.

Art in the Smithsonian (Was loving the African American Ballerina, who by the way had natural hair braided up)

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While in Maryland I stayed with my aunt who used to be natural and she convinced me to experiment with my hair and finally do a vinegar rinse. I used 1 cup of water to 1 tablespoon of vinegar, applied to my hair an rinsed with cold water(which is also good to refresh your curls). These were my results above and below freshly rinsed with a vinegar and water mixture. After rinsing I applied my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia/Pomegranate Guava Leave in mix.

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I had a great time in the DMV and can’t wait to come back for another visit.I can’t wait to visit again, hopefully I can meet up with the rest of you DMV naturals 🙂

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Marisol(Mama Naturalista)

Marisol B. Correa (Mama Naturalista)
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Washington, DC

Naturalista & Mama of 4!!!! Model, Singer, Dancer, Actress &Writer.
Blogger, Vlogger, Wife, Mom, US Army Vet & All Things Boxing!

How long have you been natural?

I have been 100% for almost 1 year!

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned.

Why did you choose that route?

I chose to transition because I didn’t know what my Natural Hair texture was! I wanted to get reacquainted with my curls and do plenty of research before choosing whether I wanted to continue transitioning or to do the Big Chop.

How long did you transition?

I transitioned for 6 months and then I did the Big Chop! During the transitioning process I used heat on my hair to blend the two textures. I didn’t know much about heat damage at the time so when I did my BC, I had MAJOR heat damage. I then did a 2nd Big Chop and cut my Natural hair which was about 6 inches at the time down to 1/2 inch!!!! 

What inspired you to have natural hair?

My children! I have 4 kids and they ALL have beautiful Natural Curls! 

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

My children & my Hubby! They have been my strongest support system! When you surround yourself with positive and supportive people whether it’s family or friends – It makes you feel that much more positive and supportive of yourself!  

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner and Avocado Butter. 

HE – HH because of the slip it gives for my detangling sessions and     Avocado Butter because I love the way it makes my hair feel and it keeps my hair moisturized.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love to wear my hair in a PonyPuff and in a Wash & Go! I like other    styles as well but as a working mother of 4 kids, I like to go with the easiest and less time consuming styles! 

What do you love about your natural hair?

I LOVE the versatility and beauty of it! 

What do you dislike about it?

I don’t dislike anything about my hair!  If I had to dislike something, it would only be the amount of time it can take to do my hair. I wish I had more time. LOL!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

If it seems that you run into a dead end and say “I Can’t”, take a breather and reassure yourself that You Can! Ask for help. Ask a family member, consult with a Natural Hair Beautician, ask a friend, search websites, look at YouTube videos and most of all, DON’T QUIT!

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You Can Find Me At:

Blog/Website: http://www.MamaNaturalista.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mamanaturalista

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MarisolCorrea

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MarisolC79